Exhibition: 11.06.2014 – 21.06.2014

Studio 6: Narrative, Anti-Narrative and Photographic Practice

Black & white silver gelatin prints

Show overview

The mass democratisation of photography, accelerated in recent years by digital technology, has presented the medium with many new challenges and raised questions relating to some of photography’s fundamental characteristics. However, this digital revolution has also offered new opportunities to explore the limits of the medium both technically and conceptually.

The “narrative” characteristic of  photography,  underscored by the medium’s link with the real world through the action of lens and light on light sensitive material, has long been considered a quality inherent in the medium. However, some artists have challenged this assumption, creating work that could be termed “anti-narrative” where questions are raised about the medium itself, their practice pushing boundaries and re-arranging the rules.

Given the plethora of images and shifting photographic parameters, it is essential both for the viewer and the maker to understand how the medium communicates. “A knowledge of photography is just as important as that of the alphabet. The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the use of camera and pen alike.” Lazlo Maholy-Nagy’s 1923 prediction was made long before any digital technological advances, but his observation was prescient and remains deeply significant given the progressive use and proliferation of photographic imagery.

Students partaking in the studio have made work in response to the issues raised.


Exhibition Details

P.V. Tuesday 10th June, 6-10pm
Opens Wed 11th - Sat 21st June
Venue Central House (2nd floor)
Online Cass Degree Show
Studio Studio 6: Narrative, Anti-Narrative and Photographic Practice
Course Fine Art BA (Hons)
Photography BA (Hons)

Slideshow

Diverse facets of personality are explored by making portraits of Cosplayers (the alter ego) and their everyday personas and placing them in a framed sequence.

The work explores both the diverse and common characteristics found in the different boroughs of the city of London.

A narrative of everyday life emerges through the images, each of which represents a quiet instant in the life of its subject, each of whom has his or her own story and private world.

Through candid photographs, the work explores the contribution the weather makes to human interaction and behaviour in public spaces, with particular focus on the West End of London.

Operating with formalist concerns, the work’s focus is a quest for light and from; photographic meaning is created in the viewer’s mind.

Skin is a landscape, a cartographic map of an individual’s life journey. Each line and scar becomes, a Memento Mori, representing the inescapable fragility of every human.

The work focuses on the large, established Turkish community in North London, exploring particularly the nostalgic longing represented by the male dominion of the hidden coffee shops.

The bedroom is an equivalent of a safe zone, a place where we feel most comfortable. These intimate portraits of the familiar reveal narratives about both the photographer and subject.

The work explores the relationship between hunter and environment, exploring the morality of viewing death so intimately, focusing on actions, expressions and isolation in the field.

Taken during piano class at the Pyongyang Schoolchildren’s Palace, an 8-year-old girl performs an impressive solo.

The Undercroft of the Southbank Centre boasts skateboarding heritage; the oldest organic skate spot on earth and the birthplace of UK skating. The SBC wish to replace it with Starbucks.

Exhibition details

Private View: Tuesday 10th June 6pm-10pm

Opening times: Wednesday 11th - Saturday 21st June
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
Sat 11am-6pm
Sun 11am-4pm

Venue:
Central House (2nd floor)
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF (see map)

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Students

ZEYNEP AKMAN
STEFANY ALVES PENHA
LEE-ANN ARCHER
LISA BORNOE
JOSE BRANCO
WILLIAM CLARKE
JOANNE COATES
ANDREW FYLES
CHRISTOPHER HACKNEY
NYASHA HARAHWA
SARAH HARTE
SUSANNE HEGGELUND
DAVID HEWITT
TANGINA HOQUE
LOUISA JOHNSON
MARCIN JOZEFIAK
MARCIN KRUPA
YOHANNES MILLER
PEDRO MONTALVO LOPEZ
OLEGS NATANS
RIIKO-ANDRE NUUD
SEAN O'CONNOR
KESHIA SCERE-JACOBS
CRISTOVAO SUZUKI
AGNIESZKA TRZOCH
ROBERT WEIR